“Those that Survived”

Nehemiah 1:1-11 NIV
1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: In
the month of Kislev in the twentieth year,
while I was in the citadel of Susa,
2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came
from Judah with some other men, and I
questioned them about the Jewish remnant
that survived the exile, and also about
Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile
and are back in the province are in great
trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem
is broken down, and its gates have been
burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and
wept. For some days I mourned and fasted
and prayed before the God of heaven.
5 Then I said: “O Lord, God of heaven, the
great and awesome God, who keeps his
covenant of love with those who love him
and obey his commands,
6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open
to hear the prayer your servant is praying
before you day and night for your servants,
the people of Israel. I confess the sins we
Israelites, including myself and my father’s
house, have committed against you.
7 We have acted very wickedly toward you.
We have not obeyed the commands,
decrees and laws you gave your servant
Moses.
8 “Remember the instruction you gave your
servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I
will scatter you among the nations,
9 but if you return to me and obey my
commands, then even if your exiled people
are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them
from there and bring them to the place I
have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
10 “They are your servants and your people,
whom you redeemed by your great strength
and your mighty hand.
11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer
of this your servant and to the prayer of your
servants who delight in revering your name.
Give your servant success today by granting
him favor in the presence of this man.” I was
cup bearer to the king.

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